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The Good Among the Great offers an in-depth look at what makes a few high achievers also good people. The book focuses on 19 personality traits originally identified by psychologist Abraham Maslow. The author not only illustrates these traits with lively stories drawn from more than 25 years interviewing prominent leaders for CNN, CNBC, and other television news programs, he also shows how the traits are exhibited by people in all walks of life. His examples span the famous (Meryl Streep, Charles Schwab, and ...
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The Good Among the Great: 19 Traits of the Most Admirable, Creative, and Joyous People

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Overview

The Good Among the Great offers an in-depth look at what makes a few high achievers also good people. The book focuses on 19 personality traits originally identified by psychologist Abraham Maslow. The author not only illustrates these traits with lively stories drawn from more than 25 years interviewing prominent leaders for CNN, CNBC, and other television news programs, he also shows how the traits are exhibited by people in all walks of life. His examples span the famous (Meryl Streep, Charles Schwab, and Andrew Weil) to the great but not well known (Poosie Orr, mother and housewife; Rachel Walton, pediatric hospice nurse; and Andrew Ferguson, teacher). Practical, common-sense guidelines show readers the shortest route to personal and professional achievement and fulfillment.
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Van de Mark, in his 25 years of interviewing for CNN, discovered that some people were not just successful but exemplary. He studied modern high achievers who were also beloved characters, found 19 shared personality traits, and integrated his findings with the models of Abraham Maslow. In this distinctive book, he focuses on each particular trait and gives an example of someone who possesses it; in the "Integrity" chapter, Warren Buffett, and in "Empathetic," Charles Schwab. Many of his examples are not household names but are as inspiring as the celebrities. An essential read for those wanting to improve themselves and the world.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780984606122
  • Publisher: Columbia Island Press
  • Publication date: 4/1/2011
  • Pages: 268
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Donald Van de Mark has spent over 25 years as a groundbreaking broadcast journalist. He was among the journalists who created the first business news shows on television and was the first Washington correspondent for CNBC. After a stint as Director of Corporate Communications for Barry Diller, then Chairman and CEO of QVC, Inc., he returned to reporting and joined CNN, where he edited and co-anchored MoneyWeek, as well as four additional shows that ran daily on CNNfn. In 1999, he became the cofounder of MyPrimeTime, Inc., a media startup devoted to personal and professional development for Baby Boomers, where he wrote and anchored two television series, Great Entrepreneurs and Great Leaders. A successful motivational speaker, he lives in Sonoma, California.
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Table of Contents

Preface vii

Introduction 1

Part 1 Developing a True, Whole Self

Chapter 1 Be Uniquely You 7

Trait: Autonomous

Chapter 2 Have Lasting Love 25

Trait: Loving

Chapter 3 Be True-Blue 37

Trait: Ethical

Chapter 4 Tune Out Trends and Traffickers 47

Trait: Unaffected

Chapter 5 Protect Your Privacy 61

Trait: Private

Chapter 6 Stand Back! 71

Trait: Detached

Part 2 Assessing the World Clearly and Efficiently

Chapter 7 Get Out the Door 85

Trait: Experiential

Chapter 8 Don't Kid Yourself! 95

Trait: Realistic

Chapter 9 Chill Out! 111

Trait: Laid Back

Chapter 10 Tap-Dance to Work 121

Trait: Performance and Process Oriented

Part 3 Caring and Interacting with Others Effectively

Chapter 11 Respect All Souls 135

Trait: Egalitarian

Chapter 12 Laugh with Me 149

Trait: Jolly

Chapter 13 It's Not about You 159

Trait: Empathic

Chapter 14 Be Proactive 171

Trait: Dutiful

Part 4 Earning Your Personal Payoff

Chapter 15 Delight in the Day-to-Day 183

Trait: Appreciative

Chapter 16 Go Out and Play 193

Trait: Creative

Chapter 17 Shout Out Loud! 205

Trait: Exuberant

Chapter 18 Dive into What You Love 211

Trait: Joyous

Chapter 19 Take a Peak 219

Trait: Transcendent

Epilogue: Meryl Streep: Someone Who Embodies All 19 Traits 231

Notes 243

Recommended Reading 256

Index 257

Acknowledgments 265

About the Author 267

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